Academy founder Ricki Herbert has loved football since he was four – but he’s still discovering new ways to enjoy the sport.
Herbert was one of many who attended a Parafed Waikato open day in Hamilton to participate in Powerchair Football, a style of the sport that enables wheelchair players to compete with a large ball inside a gym.
Main photo: Herbert ready to play.
“it was a special opportunity,” Herbert said. “I felt privileged to be included.”
Herbert represented Hamilton Wanderers, a partner club for the Ricki Herbert Football Academy, at the open day, held at Waikato Diocesan School for Girls on Saturday November 7, 2020.
And the game itself?
“Lots of fun,” said a happy Herbert.
About Powerchair Football
Players include people with quadriplegia, neuromuscular conditions, cerebral palsy, head injury, spinal cord injury and other disabilities. The game is played in a gymnasium on a regulation basketball court.
Two teams of four players use their powerchairs to attack, defend and spin-kick a 13 inch football in an attempt to score goals. Every powerchair has a guard to hit the ball.
About Parafed Waikato
Parafed Waikato promotes and provides sport and recreation for people with physical disabilities and visual impairments. They cater for 14 sports and offer membership and the chance to make lasting friendships.